Definition of knowing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊɪŋ/


1Showing or suggesting that one has knowledge or awareness that is secret or known to only a few people: a knowing smile
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  • The trio share knowing smiles, suggesting a sexual familiarity I don't want or need to know about.
  • His lips curved into a knowing smile though Georgia tried to keep her expression as disinterested as possible.
  • Like most of the vitriol directed their way, they take it with a pinch of salt, a knowing smile and a guarantee they'll have the last laugh.
significant, meaningful, eloquent, expressive, suggestive, speaking;
arch, sly, cunning, mischievous, impish, teasing, playful;
1.1chiefly derogatory Experienced or shrewd, especially excessively or prematurely so: today’s society is too knowing, too corrupt
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  • A team needs a mix of youth and experience, of young legs and knowing minds.
  • She seems a touch too knowing for a 14-year-old.
  • As a person, though, she is very knowing, which is why she's trying to get through the whole thing with a minimum amount of fuss.
sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise, urbane, unprovincial, experienced, seasoned;
knowledgeable, well informed, enlightened;
shrewd, astute, acute, canny, sharp, wily, aware, perceptive, perspicacious
2Done in full awareness or consciousness: a knowing breach of the order by the appellants
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  • This national celebration was full of knowing ironies and jokes within jokes within jokes.
  • In these cases, the conduct of the employees or agents did involve a knowing and deliberate breach of the order.
  • The claimant originally pleaded that the bank was guilty of knowing receipt of funds transferred in breach of trust.
deliberate, intentional, conscious, intended, calculated, wilful, volitional, purposeful, done on purpose, premeditated, preconceived, pre-planned, planned, aforethought


[mass noun]
The state of being aware or informed.
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  • As you can see the Vedic way of knowing suggests that knowledge is an intrinsic feature of the soul.
  • This other way of knowing resists the objectification and categorization of our experience of place.
  • By the time students enter colleges or universities, if they do, their ideas and values about thinking and knowing will have been years in the making.


there is no knowing

No one can tell: if we go there’s no knowing what will happen
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  • A very fit and active 72-year old, she is obviously a woman who lives life to the fullest and with a gold medal for indoor rowing there is no knowing what she will achieve in the years that lie ahead.
  • And the trouble has barely started - water supplies are contaminated, there is no food etc. etc. - once the epidemics start there is no knowing what might happen.
  • As for now there is no knowing for sure which way our high interest rates, hurtful as they are, will go especially if Government does reduce its borrowing.



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  • The series mostly stands apart by virtue of its knowingness - it series laughs at itself before anyone can take it too seriously.
  • But Far from Heaven is a film of great emotional resonance precisely because it hasn't a trace of irony or knowingness.
  • He is painter who is acutely self aware, but in a lesson to many other artists, he never lets that self awareness curdle into cloying knowingness.

Words that rhyme with knowing

easygoing, flowing, going, mowing, outgoing, showing, sowing, thoroughgoing, toing and froing

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